Following the example of Amsterdam, Minister Lodewijk Assher of Social Affairs wants to engage in a national discussion about the future of Sinterklaas caricature Zwarte Piet, Trouw reports.
Rotterdam's municipal ombudsman, Anne Mieke Zwaneveld published a report today, illuminating the number of problems in the city's social services. She states that in 20 percent of cases, the term for requesting benefits are exceeded, 30 percent of phone calls aren't answered and 20 percent of clients are not called back, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The Hague's Mayor Jozias van Aartsen will make the executive decision to ban a new anti-IS (formerly ISIS) protest in the Schilderswijk planned for next month, in an effort to stem the possibility of violent clashes erupting between supporters and opposers of IS in the city.
A project management official at the Dutch National Cyber Security Center has been suspended after tweeting that the terror group ISIS did not exist, and was instead a Zionist plot to stain the image of Islam. "ISIS has nothing to do with Islam,” Yasmina Haifi wrote. “It is a preconceived plan of Zionists who want to deliberately make Islam look bad."
Several companies put animal ingredients in their foods, without stating this on the label. Food watchdog Foodwatch is sounding the alarm, because vegetarians, Islamic and Jewish communities in The Netherlands are being duped, unable to properly follow the guidelines of their beliefs, De Volkskrant reports.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders is spearheading a counter-attack against the growing force of muslim radicals forming "a small caliphate" in The Hague, in the form of the second March for Freedom. The politician is calling on everyone to participate in the march on the 20th of September. The battle ground will be the volatile Schilderswijk neighborhood, De Telegraaf reports.
The municipal council in The Hague will debate on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. the demonstrations in the city's Schilderswijk, which had unsavory ends. Mayor van Aartsen, who has refused to cut his holiday in France short, will be in attendance, the NOS reports.
The Netherlands and Australia feel the same sorrow with regards to the MH17 tragedy,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte told his Australian counterpart Tony Abbot yesterday. “Even though our countries are thousands of kilometers apart, we are joined in mourning.”
The Hague has come under criticism from Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice, VVD). Specifically, the manner in which certain events in the city have been allowed to get out of hand are leaving the city's leaders in a state of chaos.
Sources around the Cabinet tell De Telegraaf that The Netherlands is keeping the option to send military aid with America to Iraq. For now, the sources say that this is not likely as there has not been a request.
The leader of the Socialist Party in Rotterdam, Leo de Kleijn, wants the same treatment that has been given to anti-Semitism to go towards fighting 'islamophobia'.
There are no more bodies at the MH17 crash site, Andrei Purgin, the vice premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has said.
The Ministry of Defense may take part in the strategic transport of goods for North Iraq, according to De Telegraaf. The paper writes that the Ministry is currently measuring the possibility of this, which may be restricted by the European connection via the European Air Transport Command.
PVV-leader Geert Wilders has received threats from the Pakistani Taliban. According to the Algemeen Dagblad, the threat comes in the form of a video on an online magazine's website, showing a bullet shooting through an image of the politician.
Humanitarian aid organization Medair is urging all conflicting parties in South Sudan to allow them safe and unhindered access to crisis areas so they may be able to offer emergency care to people in need.
The cabinet's attempts to limit the export of benefits from The Netherlands to Morocco are hitting a block. Judges previously banned the lowering of running benefits. Now, the court in Amsterdam has ruled that new benefits have to stay level, De Volkskrant reports.
“I have been doing this for 55 years and I never experienced it this bad before,” a retailer said this morning after purchasing spinach for €0.30, bottom price at the vegetable auction in Zaltbommel.
A collection of a high-up political officials including the prime minister and finance minister make frequent use of the Dutch royal family's government-owned aircraft following a ban on politicians' use of private jets. Ministers and State Secretaries have used the flight, a Fokker 70 designated as PH-KBX, twice as often as members of the royal family, according to a report in AD.
The Netherlands' Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans wrote on his Facebook page that he supports sanctions against Russia. He believes that it is the correct counter-measure for Russia's meddling in Ukraine, the NOS reports.
De Telegraaf newspaper today contains a full-page ad with calls from several well-known Dutch people to end the rising anti-Semitism in The Netherlands. On the back of the newspaper, in large black lettering is written: "No excuse for anti-Semitism."
The coming days will be determine whether a political solution is possible for hostilities between the rebels and Ukraine to come to an end, says ex-Major General Frans van Kappen. The ex-military leader does not rule out that Russia is heading for an intervention, however, the NOS reports.
Mixed feelings in The House of Representatives this week as it becomes cleat that the repatriation mission in eastern Ukraine is coming to an end. MPs are both disappointed but understanding about the mission's end, which is necessary due to an intensified security threat for the investigators in the area.
Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Timmermans has called on Dutch demonstrators against the Gaza conflict not to "fall into the trap of radicals" by persecuting one another based on religion.
The UN's director of Humanitarian Operations, John Ging, said that the situation in eastern Ukraine is worrying, and will certainly deteriorate. In an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council Tuesday, Ging called on action to prevent more victims, the NOS reports.